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Circulation of designer drugs in Russia shrinks 30 times over past year

March 14, 2014, 12:06 UTC+3 MOSCOW
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MOSCOW, March 14. /ITAR-TASS/. Specialists of the Federal Service for Control of Drugs reported a 30-time shrinkage of circulation of desomorphine (a designer drug made of codeine-containing medicines) in the country over the past year, head of Russia’s drug watchdog Viktor Ivanov said at a meeting of the watchdog’s board here on Friday.

In his words, the watchdog has destroyed around 4.4 thousand drug holes in the previous year that is 28 percent lower than in 2012.

“This is explained by 30-time shrinkage of desomorphine circulation in the country thanks to sale of codeine-containing medicines in pharmacies only by medical prescription since 2012,” Ivanov said.

He also noted that around 3,000 makeshift shops where drugs were made and around 40 drug laboratories were busted in 2013.

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